Valentino Rossi continue the "experiment" to the Ducati GP11.1, which will be used at this weekend's German GP at Sachsenring Circuit. "The Doctor" continues to improve and refine the motor setting, hoping to end a series of Ducati's poor performance since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Admittedly, Rossi and Ducati have not been able to realize the expectations of his fans. Of a total of eight series which already acted, winning seven world titles has just one MotoGP podium finishes, while finishing in the top three French GP two months ago. As a result, the Italian rider currently inhabit only ranked fourth in the standings, and certainly almost impossible to embrace eighth title.
As for the qualifying session, the best former Honda and Yamaha rider this is the start of a sequence of seven-that is, behind the third grid. In fact, the last three races, 33-year-old driver failed to penetrate the top 10.
Actually Rossi and Ducati has attempted to minimize the disadvantages they face. The introduction GP11.1 at Circuit Assen, the Netherlands, is expected to be a solution. Apparently, the hope was not fully realized because only "apparent".
Yes, in his debut, GP11.1 gave his signal would be more competitive because in Assen, Rossi appeared dominant in the practice session despite slumped at number 11 during qualifying. Because, in a race won by Yamaha rider, Ben Spies, he was able to finish in fourth. But, at Mugello, Rossi failed to sharpen the results already achieved at Assen as he finished sixth.
"At Mugello, we began to work with setting the direction we never tried before," said Rossi, who five times won the race at the Sachsenring. "We use it in Sunday's warm-up session so that we can not spend much time for it. Motor works better during the race compared to what we achieved during exercise, but we need to do the experiment again with this setup."
"At the Sachsenring, we'll see if they might be good at the starting point. The track is difficult in some places, but it is a circuit that I like. Years ago, I returned to racing in Germany after suffering an injury to the leg, and it was a good race . We hope the weather and temperature will be good because we need to work on the setting as much as possible before the race. "